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Returning Home Unwell

Approximately 55% of all travellers to developing countries will become unwell in some way whilst they are overseas. Around 40% will develop travellers’ diarrhea.

Many symptoms of illness can develop whilst away and traveling, but they may not become evident until arrival home. Travel and tropical diseases and infections should be treated as soon as possible as some can be very serious.

We assess ALL post travel illnesses. If you develop any of the following signs or symptoms upon return home, and up to three months after travel, then we suggest that you contact us for a medical assessment and examination.

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Sweats or fevers (for example at night time)
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Blood in the urine or in bowel motions

It is also a good idea to get a check up if:

  • You have bathed, or even waded in fresh water in Africa or South America (A test for Schistosomiasis is recommended)
  • You have had sexual contact with anyone you met on your travels (A test for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDs is recommended)
  • You were in a situation that might have exposed you to Hepatitis B or AIDs (such as an accident or any exposure to blood product, tattoos or piercings)
  • You have any infections, bites or rashes that are not healing
  • You are concerned about any health aspect of your recent travel that you would like checked out

In addition, we recommend following through with booster shots of any travel vaccinations you have had with us. Once most of these courses are completed, you will never need to have them again – a good thing if you plan on travelling in the future!



If you have been bitten, scratched or licked where the skin is broken by an animal in an area where there is Rabies, you must seek medical attention immediately. Rabies can be fatal if left untreated. You must take action straight away.

We have the latest knowledge and expertise in Rabies post exposure vaccination.



WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres are proud to be the only New Zealand Site of GeoSentinel, an important global surveillance network.

Since its formation in 1996, the GeoSentinel network has continued to grow and provide valuable data to detect emerging infections of potential global impact and to track on-going trends in travel-related morbidity.

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